Gavin A. Buxton
Associate Professor of Physics (Science)
412-397-4033 phone (M)
John Jay 211

My Website

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Computational Physics, Sheffield Hallam University, 2001
  • Master of Science, Engineering Physics, Sheffield Hallam University, 1998

Professional Background

  • 2001 - 2004. Post Doctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2004 - 2007. Post Doctoral Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Durham University (UK).
  • 2007 - 2009. Visiting Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Case Western Reserve University.

Area of Expertise/Research

  • My research involves using computers to solve complex physical problems. I write computer programs which mimic real experimental and natural systems. These computer simulations not only allow us to see what might happen if we make changes to a system, but also reveals insights that might otherwise be experimentally unobservable. For example, my simulations of polymer nanoparticles allow us to view drug diffusion from within a structure ten thousand times smaller than the thickness of a human hair - something which would be experimentally impractical.


  • For a list of my publications go to

    and my textbook is at 

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Gavin

Fall 2015
  • HNRS3903-A
  • 04:40-05:55 PMM WMBuxton1 (08/24-12/12/15)14 Seats
  • PHYS2210-B
  • 11:45-12:35 PMM W FMBuxton1 (08/24-12/12/15)0 Seats
  • PHYS2210-A
  • 10:45-11:35 AMM W FMBuxton1 (08/24-12/12/15)-3 Seats
  • PHYS2210-D
  • 02:45-03:35 PMM W FMBuxton1 (08/24-12/12/15)0 Seats
  • PHYS2210-E
  • 01:45-02:35 PMM W FMBuxton1 (08/24-12/12/15)-2 Seats
  • PHYS2215-G
  • 06:00-08:30 PMMMBuxton1 (08/24-12/12/15)0 Seats
  • PHYS6100-A
  • 06:00-10:00 PM RMBuxton5 (10/19-12/12/15)22 Seats